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Monday, September 11, 2017

Fairy-Tale Living with Two Days in Lucerne

View from Hotel des Balances Room Balcony Two Days in Lucerne Luzern Switzerland
The fairy tale view from our hotel room balcony.
Lucerne is a town straight out of a fairy tale.  If we hadn’t known better, we could have believed we were in Fantasy Land at Disneyland rather than in Switzerland.  There are crooked wooden bridges with centuries old paintings crossing a river dotted with white swans.  A church with a white-faced clock and gold hands reminded us of It’s a Small World.  An old apothecary shop which surely had eye of newt and toe of frog, along with its bay window turret could have been Snow White’s Castle.  While Lucerne (or Luzern) could easily be visited on a day-trip from Zurich, it is so much better to spend two days in Lucerne and live in the middle of this fairy-tale land, if just for a short time.  Plus, two days in Lucerne allows for a day-trip to one of two nearby mountains for a dose of Swiss nature.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

5 Great Hikes in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Mt. Hood National Forest Trillium Lake Trail 5 Great Hikes in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Oregon is one of America’s most beautiful states when it comes to nature.  When we spent a long weekend in Oregon City, our main goal was to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  There is a multitude of hiking trails of varying difficulty available to visitors to Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.  The five Oregon hikes that we chose provided a nice sampling of what Oregon has to offer hikers.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Things to Do In Oregon City and Mt. Hood Territory

Trillium Lake Trail Things to Do In Oregon City and Mt. Hood Territory

We spent the Fourth of July weekend in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory for some well-deserved communing with nature.  While only a half-hour’s drive away from the city of Portland, The Territory feels a world away with its small towns and a wide range of outdoor activities.  For our four-day visit to Mt. Hood Territory, we hiked, kayaked, and checked out fun and interesting things to do in Oregon City.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What to Do With One Day in Zurich

Zurich at Night What to Do One Day in Zurich

With all of Switzerland’s nature, some guidebooks will suggest not even stopping in Zurich.  While we also were anxious to see Switzerland’s natural beauty, we did want to give Switzerland’s cities a chance, plus we were flying into Zurich, so we spent one entire day exploring Zurich.  While there are enough things to do in Zurich to keep one occupied for longer, we found that one day in Zurich gave us plenty of time to see the highlights. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Tale of an Arab Village, ER Visit, and Israeli Kindness

Sea Cliffs Jisr az-Zarqa Israel
I may look like I'm posing, but I'm really trying to get into the fetal position and not faint.
It was only our second day in Israel.  We had such big plans, so much food to eat, so many pictures to take, so much ground to cover.  But then it was all thrown off when I got really sick, fainted, and spent part of the night in the emergency room.

Monday, June 12, 2017

What to Do With One Day in Tel Aviv-Yafo

Tel Aviv Beach Things to Do One Day in Tel Aviv

When we anticipated traveling to Israel, we imagined expansive deserts, ancient buildings and ruins, and cultures with histories going back millenniums.  But Tel Aviv is a little different.  Tel Aviv is as modern a city as it gets.  There’s still some old stuff, but a day in Tel Aviv is a day of exploring not only some of Israel’s ancient history, but also the new, vibrant, modern side of Israel.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Fun-Filled Scottish Highlands Road Trip Itinerary

Cairngorms National Park Scottish Highlands Road Trip Itinerary

The main reason we went to Scotland was to take a barge cruise through the Scottish Highlands with Caledonian Discovery.  During that cruise, we would be hiking, biking, and boating slowly through the Highlands.  Therefore, we knew we would see plenty of Scottish Highlands’ nature during that time.  However, there are other things to see in the Scottish Highlands like castles, cathedrals, and distilleries that we wouldn’t see on our cruise, so we also decided to spend four days on a Scottish Highlands road trip.  Our Scotland road trip itinerary took us from Edinburgh to Inverness with overnights in Stirling, Braemar, and Urquhart.